5 Easy TikTok Life Hacks for Content Creators in School

Is it so wrong to think you can use lifehacks in school to take world-class photos using just your cellphone from the “comfort” of your desk?

Is TikTok a Good Place to Scout Lifehacks?

Tiktok is the latest expression of the spirit of the internet, aka the Gen Z spirit. It is probably the most polarizing platform you know. TikTok often gets pegged as a posterboy for social media vapidity.

Critics do have a point. The whole point of TikTok isn’t to connect with friends, but to strike fame. Unapologetic fame-seeking is actually one of the characteristics of Gen Z.

TikTok has risen to infamy on the back of thousands of trends that could be described as vapid or even straight-up stupid.

“the whole point of TikTok isn’t to connect with friends, but to strike fame

There are two main points I’d like to make in TikTok’s defense:

  1. Play isn’t a bad thing as long as nobody is getting hurt
  2. There is amazing educational content on there

The platform’s management team seems acutely aware of its reputation. It has recently launched a massive initiative intended to pivot how it is seen. For the entire month of August, TikTok will be boosting the visibility of videos with the hashtag #learnonTikTok

These lifehacks are sourced from photography channels and TikTok creators. They mostly consist of crafty filters and clever angles.

Lifehack #1: The Frozen Filter

This was the favorite photo hack of YouTubers Alex and Alan Stokes. My personal opinion is that it looks really cool (pun unavoidable).

  1. Find a table with a glass top
  2. Get a bag of ice
  3. Model goes under the table
  4. Ice goes on top of the table
  5. Arrange the ice to surround your model’s face
  6. Sport a blue filter when you shoot
  7. Go nuts

This effect comes out looking borderline cinematic. The trick gets you special effects pictures that will do well on social media and have your followers wondering if they need to call 911. Little do they know …

Lifehack #2: The Contortionist

This trick is an optical illusion based on angles. Unlike lifehack number one, there are no props involved … Unless you count your friend’s legs as a prop. In a nutshell, you lie on your belly looking at the camera while your buddy lies on his back on top of you.

  1. Find a friend with legs that look like they could be yours
  2. Lie on the floor on your belly
  3. Ask your friend to lie on top of you with his head facing your feet
  4. S/he should be face up
  5. Place your camera about 2 feet away from you, also on the ground
  6. Make a constipated face for the full effect

This optical illusion is a simple, fun way to get a unique picture and uhm … bond with your friend.

Lifehack #3: The Instant Uyuni

The Instant Uyuni is named after the famous Uyuni salt desert in Bolivia. That link goes to an awesome music video by FKJ that was filmed there. This natural wonder of the world is literally a 500-mile mirror. People flock there from all over the world to take pictures just like this one.

Being the smart life-hacking individual you are, you can use this life hack to save the money your dear, sweet grandma would spend buying plane tickets to Bolivia.

  1. Get a second phone
  2. Place it directly under your camera with the long side facing your model
  3. Lock the screen
  4. Angle the two phones
  5. Tell your friends about the magnificent salt desert you visited in Bolivia

Life Hack #4: The Phantom

Did somebody call Bloody Mary three times in the dark? This creepy effect can be produced using the panoramic tool on your phone. It might involve a little finessing, but you will be impressed with the results. This is also one of my favorites.

  1. Get a friend
  2. Set your phone on panoramic mode
  3. Model should be facing you with her back to the mirror
  4. Pause while scanning horizontally AFTER the camera captures your model, but BEFORE it captures your model’s reflection
  5. The model should turn to face the mirror
  6. Finish the panoramic by scanning your model’s altered reflection
  7. Call a priest

Life Hack #5: The CD Flare

If you or your family has any CDs lying around, this is one way to put that wonderful shininess of theirs to good use. Solar flares are for beginners.

  1. Grab a flashlight and a CD
  2. Place them both near the camera
  3. Leave a tiny piece of the CD in the corner of the frame
  4. Adjust the angles so the flashlight is hitting the reflective surface of the CD
  5. Snap away

This one might take a few tries to get the angles just right, but it gives a striking effect that will be liked by all your friends and stalkers.

Conclusion

These photographic life hacks can be done at school or at home. They are beautiful and fun. Maybe you can even build a following by using these tips. How many likes did you get by using this article?

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Wim Hof and the Rise of Real Life Superpowers

This is going to be a quick post about personal development and life hacking.

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Related people and ideas:

  • Wolf Endurance: Human beings have developed to be able to run without stopping for thousands, yes thousands, of miles. (super stamina)
  • Spider Senses: Some of us can sense things in a useful way that normal people are incapable of. (synesthesia)
  • Eel Immunity: The Wim Hof method is a way for you to gain real life superpowers. Using breathing techniques and the power of the mind, Wim was able to climb Mt. Everest in shirtless and in shorts. (cold tolerance)

Superpowers don’t actually exist … do they?

After seeing Donald Trump become president of the country and seeing Elon Musk name his child X Æ A-12, it is difficult to make the case for what is and isn’t possible. 

Do you know how your unconscious works? This is the powerful mechanism for unlocking every one of the three real-life superpowers in this article.

Sadly, most people have no idea how their subconscious works or how to make friends with it.

The subconscious is always in your thoughts, whether you like it or not.

John Harold

Your unconscious mind is basically like an app for your brain that extracts and packages enormous chunks of memory, feelings, and intuition instantly. It warms them up. Then, much like Toaster Streudel™, it pops out a fresh, hot answer to life’s questions.

These questions can be as mundane as “how much milk should I drink with this pastry?” or as complex as “should I ask her to marry me?”

One example of a guy with a great relationship with his subconscious

Joshua Waitzkin is a master unconscious (-er?).

He was 16 years old when he received the title of International Chess Master. He is also a Tai Chi world champion and the inspiration for the book “Chasing Bobby Fischer.” More than anything else though, Josh is a bold bold lifehacker. 

Take, for example, his claim that he translates the essence of chess into the language of Tai Chi.

The most exciting thing about former chess prodigies like Josh is the thought that their superpowers could somehow be obtainable. Science can explain genius. One way it arises is through a condition called synesthesia.

What is synesthesia?

This is when your senses get jumbled together and you “smell” a color or “taste” a sound. It happens with brains that have above average neural connections. 

This dramatic trait that is more common than you might imagine. Billie Eilish has it.

Stevie Wonder could SEE his music, despite being blind

Waitzkin and Stevie Wonder might seem like geniuses of unattainable magnitude to us, but their genius is actually explainable by modern science and replicable by normies like you and me.

Waitzkin says he doesn’t even like the word prodigy! He claims we can all harness incredible superpowers if we just learn to learn. 

The internet has proven Waitzkin right. It might sound like science fiction, but normal human beings can run marathons in the Arctic like Wim Hof and hone their ability to see music like Stevie Wonder.

Don’t question it too much. For all intents and purposes, these are examples of real-life superpowers.

Conclusion: 3 real life human superpowers

In conclusion, you and everybody around you has access to superpowers if

In the 2020s, planning a trip to Mars is less naive than believing humans are never getting there. The superpowers in this article have been used and practiced by human beings for thousands of years. It is only our own Western culture that is getting to know them for the first time thanks to the interference of the internet. 

The internet has created obsessive self-improvers like myself, and it has enabled us to hunt down the blueprints to eye-popping things like memory palaces and synesthesia.

‘Memory palaces’ are also worth a quick Google search, by the way.

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This is not a paid post. Good.co Can Get You a Future Proof Job

Find the Most Satisfying Future Proof Jobs With Good.co

College grads across the world are on edge about the future they face. I’ve even heard rumors of AI lawyers terminating the profession of attorney.

If you are looking for the most future proof jobs out there, a good place to start might be “human resources companies” like Good.co. This platform is a hub of relevant information and networking capability for job seekers.

platforms are like factories for services.

Kevin Kelly, author of The Inevitable

Ford’s assembly line changed the world in the early 20th century. This revolution produced millions of jobs. Today, we live in a world populated with both different sorts of factories and different kinds of jobs.

To figure out where you fit into this brave new world of ours, asking yourself what your priorities are should be the first thing you do. According to Good.co, a platform that makes job-seeking funner and more visual, these priorities usually come in three flavors.

  • Compensation
  • Career
  • Culture

What makes Good.co better than Linkedin or whatever?

Being happy at work is all about matching your psychology to a routine that fulfills your emotional needs. Different company cultures express this in different ways.

This toughest of all business responsibilities is the domain of the human resources department. Human resources is all about psychology!

High-quality applied psychology

It is the quality of the psychology in their value proposition that makes Good.co such an interesting platform to play with.

High-quality psychology makes Good.co an interesting platform to play with.

Verse Lozano

Good.co’s UX actually feels like playing a game because it is so clean, dynamic, and colorful. As a fan of good design as well as practical psychology, this website stands out from other professional development companies to me.

This awesome career connections company produces archetypes that describe both individuals and companies as well as fun quizzes that let you find where you fit best.

Their miraculous blog

This website offers EXTENSIVE resources for job seekers. It doesn’t stop at just direct job profiles and applications. Their blog, created by (profession professionals?) has an insightful tip for everyone—data analyst to graphic designer.

They seem to have close ties with a website that specializes in startups called Angel List. This startup forum, whether owned by them or simply associated, provides a great email newsletter for anybody seeking startups to apply to.

Angel List and the Good.co blog have extensive blog entries with useful content such as 30 questions to ask before joining a startup

A Few of Their Coolest Blog Posts

Is Google Still Competitive With Microsoft, Yahoo And Facebook In The War For Talent?

Google has built a reputation as a supportive and innovative pioneer, but the New York Times wrote an article about how they could be overtaken in public perception by potential talent by companies such as Amazon and Facebook.

This article describes pre-2014 Google’s company culture as “Commando” style and new Google as “Collaborative Intergalactic Explorer” style.

 Link to article

Take These 7 Career and Lifestyle Risks in Your 20s and 30s

The gist of this article is that you are only 25 once. This is the best possible time for most people to move for work and learn new skills. It’s honestly kind of a fluffy article, but inspiring and more informative than you might think just because Good.co has a great writing team

Link to article

6 Reasons Why You Should Discover Your Personality Type

This article is made a lot stronger by the fact that Good.co hires psychologists to devise practical employee and company archetypes. This isn’t the point of this article however. The point of this article are actually more traditional personality tests such as the Meyers Briggs. Learning about your personality and striving for personal development can take you deep into the all-important search for meaning and motivation that matters much much more than money

Link to article

Conclusion

Does the flurry of technology thrown in your face every day feel like an assault on society? If it does, you are not alone. In a way, that is exactly what it is.

Imagine you lived in 1903. You are looking for the most future proof jobs during the second industrial revolution, and you are having little luck. All of the rules are being rewritten by Mr. Henry Ford and his conveyor belt.

The setting for your “future proof” career would have probably been a dense factory. The set of qualities demanded of you might have been mechanical pragmatism, assembly line speed, and a close tie to the community. Today’s future proof jobs require a different employee. Kevin Kelly, the founder of Techcrunch magazine and author of The Inevitable, Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that will Shape our Future, has a theory about how these new jobs might look.

He says that the nature of our industrial revolution can be found in cheap, ubiquitous copying.

In the spirit of cheap and ubiquitous copies, why don’t you hit that share button and show your friends and family how we do things in the 21st century.

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The Most Future Proof Jobs: Investing in Life as a YouTuber

Most future proof jobs aren’t as fun as this one

I am a travel YouTuber and all of my belongings make little sounds when I put them on or take them off.

Gear

Serious socks and shock-absorbing shoes

I chuckle when I hear my socks creak as I stretch them over my feet. I empathize with their complaining. They have just returned from 4 days of baking soda and boot-use. 

Like the socks, my Vasque boots kind of creak too, but theirs is more of a leathery whipping sound. You know what they remind me of? Old cargo ships raising sails. They are every bit as beaten and dirty but more noble for it, somehow. They were pretty expensive too, for the college budget I was working with at the time.

Practical pants

My pants snap into place. They are my favorite investment so far for living the digital nomad lifestyle. They cost more than a hundred bucks, but the thin, heat-proof, quickly drying material has kept its promise. Thousands of hours have been filmed for my channel, Poetry From The Future with a portable charger snug in these wide weather-beating pockets. 

Bulletproof bags

My 100-lb rucksack clatters and rustles. I can’t sneak up on anybody when I am in full YouTuber mode. Inside I keep clothes, accessories, filming stuff, and a collection of knives — LOL no, I kid. I do keep a multi-use tool at all times, though.

The rucksack holds … well … it holds two smaller bags! These are for everyday use. Think of it like this, rucksacks are for the Greyhound. Daypacks are for the Uber. Other digital Nomads know exactly what I’m talking about. 

My day bag is a Thule; which means it is clever, hardworking, and Swedish. The smallest bag is a fashionable leather satchel that I use when I want to blend in at social events but also film a bit. 

The Most Future-Proof Brands Sell Merch

This blog IS monetized 🙏

Affiliate Marketing

I’m very proud of the gadgets and tools I travel with. I’d recommend them to my brother if he told me he wanted to start traveling full-time. That said, the links in this article are monetized through Amazon using a practice known as affiliate marketing. Amazon sends me a commission through any purchases made via my blog.

Aside from this stream of passive income, I plan on rolling out a my own merchandise in 2021. The name of the store is CyberTribe.

CyberTribe

My accessories are a critical part of the brand. They provide the only flash in what is otherwise a solid-color “YouTuber uniform.” Like Steve Jobs and Einstein, I trade off between six identical shirts that I call my YouTuber uniform.

Juan Lozano holding cybertribe necklace made by Misak tribe

Good Luck Amulets

Because my personal brand is not a solid-color kind of enterprise, whenever I’m filming, I wear pins, earrings, and beautiful necklaces made by indigenous groups whom I work with.

To best rep the brand, my pins must always be either light blue or purple. Electric blue. Plum purple. These pins, badges, and necklaces that adorn my plain, red YouTuber uniform are vital.

Heady Pins

I have one pin that says ‘Start Today’ in bronze and one that says ‘Amor’ in graffiti style. The third pin is a tape measure.

I keep my earrings embedded into the same three-inch cardboard slip. My favorite among the earrings is a red badge of Gryffindor. 

The reason the accessories (man ornaments) are so important is that I am going to be selling them very soon as part of the brand’s merchandise.

YouTube doesn’t actually pay that much in most cases, did you know that? Many people don’t. No. What you have to do to make money from YouTube is merchandise. (is that a verb? Can I do that?… doesn’t matter, I guess, because I just did 😉)

Conclusion (and a complementary tour of Bogota’s Graffiti district)

I am a dual citizen of the USA and Colombia currently living in Bogota. My YouTube adventures like the time my cousins and I shot fireworks are each other are how I spend my spare time.

The colorful, lovely people in my life and the unique opportunities I’m lucky to have are the context for my YouTube channel, Poetry from The Future.

Poetry from The Future itself is about life hacking and adventure. Subscribe if you want to see more brash personal growth hacks.

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